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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is always in need for volunteers. Individuals or groups will find their donated time very rewarding. There are many projects which need to be done that currently take time from our primary staff. If you or your group are looking for something to do with their idle time, call Ivy Cooper Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-3pm at 479.253.5958, or email her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering to help the animals and the refuge. The staff and interns take care of over 100 big cats and all of these volunteer projects free the staff and interns to do other necessary tasks.

TCWR hosts Volunteer days about once a month when projects are available; this allows TCWR to group many individuals together to complete large projects. I send out a group email and post the day of Facebook.

If you are interested in bringing a group here are a few of the projects that you can help with:
(Due to safety, we limit the groups to 30 people at a time.)

  • Painting
  • Clearing existing enclosures
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Construction
  • Highway cleanup
  • Habitat Construction - when materials are available

There is no contact with the animals - but working around them, and must be 12 or older (accompanied by an adult if under 18).

If you are interested individual volunteer on a weekly or biweekly basis we need:

  • Grounds maintenance- lawn care and gardening

If you are interested in working from home we need:

  • Volunteer to call different companies and get items that are on our wish list donated ( we also have a wish list on Amazon)
  • Volunteer to help pass out our informational fliers and brochures